UPDATE: SPD Arrests Suspect Who Robbed Elderly Man

Ofc. Teresa Fuller

Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 10:26 a.m.

Spokane Police Officers, following up on tips from the public, arrested Maressa A Morris (22) for 1st Degree Robbery and 2nd Degree Assault yesterday. The charges stem from an incident downtown several weeks ago where Morris has been identified as the female who pushed an elderly man to the ground and stole money he’d just withdrawn from an ATM.

Yesterday, just before 4:00pm, members of SPD’s Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT), assisting the Major Crimes Unit, responded to a house in the 2000 block of west Mansfield and took Morris into custody without incident. Several tips had come in from the public identifying Morris as the suspect in the robbery that took place June 15th. During the incident, Morris allegedly pushed the elderly male victim to the ground, causing him to strike his head and lose consciousness. In the process, she stole the money he had just withdrawn from the ATM.

Morris will appear in court today at 1:30pm.

The Spokane Police Department is very appreciative of all those who called and sent in tips on who the suspect may have been. It truly takes a community effort to ensure community safety, and once again, Spokane citizens answered the call. Thank you!

Original release:

The Spokane Police Department Major Crimes Unit is asking for the public's help to identify a robbery suspect from an incident that occurred in downtown Spokane on June 15th. The female suspect (see attached pictures) pushed down a 75-year-old man, stealing the cash he had just withdrawn from an ATM. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to call crime check at 456-2233.

On June 15, 2016, just before 5:00pm, Spokane Police responded to the report of a robbery that occurred near the Bank of America downtown in the 600 block of west Riverside just after 4:00pm. It was reported the female suspect approached the elderly man, who had just removed money from the ATM machine outside, and asked him for money to catch a bus. As he looked for money to give her, she tried to reach for the cash he’d taken out of the ATM, then pushed him to the ground, took the money by force and fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a white female in her 20-30 years of age, with a medium build, dark brown hair in a ponytail, wearing a white tank top, blue jeans and dark colored shoes at the time of the incident.

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